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Friday, February 6, 2015

Versatile Marinated Chickpea Salad (gluten free with vegan options for #MeatlessMonday)

Free of gluten, nuts, soy, corn, egg, dairy free / vegan option

This simple, versatile chickpea salad comes together in about 2 minutes, and was a lifesaver the other week when we hosted three dinner parties in a row, plus a lunch.

I made a double batch and served it alongside a big bag of mixed greens and some other bowls of things as part of a salad bar. It works particularly well if you're feeding vegetarians or vegans, as it's protein-packed, filling, and flavourful. 

 As I said, this salad is also very versatile. The recipe I've written here is very bare bones, and is what I started with. However, over the few days that I served it, I altered it based on the needs of the people I was serving.

I added feta cheese, plain canned artichokes, and roasted beets. Some people preferred to eat it alone as a side dish, while others incorporated it into mixed greens and fresh spinach.

As a heads up, this gets better over time as the flavours blend, so you'll want to marinate this at least two hours before serving. Double it to have leftovers, it lasts several days in the fridge.

Ingredients for Marinated Chickpea Salad

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or 1  -15oz can chickpeas)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 1 clove garlic, minced, plain canned artichoke hearts, feta cheese, roasted and sliced beets (if you don't mind a pink salad). 

Toss all ingredients together and marinate at least 2 hours before serving.

If you like chickpeas, you might also like these other GF, vegan chickpea recipes: 

 GF, Vegan Sprouted Chickpea & Sweet Potato Curry Soup  
Vegan, Gluten-Free Sprouted Chickpea and Sweet Potato Burger Patties / Falafel

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This post was shared on the following great link parties: WNWNWHealthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Fridays, Corn Free Every Day,


  1. Happy Valentine's Day! This recipe is so so yummy! Thank you so much for sharing your healthy and delicious Marinated Chickpea Salad with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing!

    1. Thanks, Deborah! It's my new go-to when we're entertaining. And Happy Valentine's Day to you, I hope you had a wonderful day :)

  2. This is a great recipe! I’d love it if you would share it on my new corn-free link party.

  3. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I can't wait to see what you share next time!


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